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County Business Patterns: Why are the numbers published in County Business Patterns different from those in the Economic Census or other publications?

The Economic Census generally uses respondent reported data. County Business Patterns (CBP) uses a combination of reported Company Organization Survey data and administrative records data. Although efforts are made to resolve significant differences in the data, differences are known to exist. For example, some large companies report different activities at the same location as separate profit centers. The CBP program treats each profit center as a separate establishment. The Economic Census reporting may combine the profit centers into one establishment. This results in establishment count differences due to differences in how the data are collected.

In addition, County Business Patterns covers NAICS industries that are excluded from the Economic Census. Refer to the CBP How the Data are Collected page for further information on how the County Business Patterns data are produced and tabulated.

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